Phrasal verbs with Be


Be above

Meaning: Be too good, classy or mature to do something; to disdain
Example: Applicants must be above the age of 18.


Be after

Meaning: Try to find or get
Example: I know how tired she must be after the journey.


Be along

Meaning: Arrive
Example: Another bus should be along in a minute.


Be around

Meaning: Be alive, existent, or present
Example: You’re fun to be around.


Be away

Meaning: Be elsewhere
Example: I’ll be away for almost two weeks.


Be cut out for

Meaning: Be suitable, have the necessary qualities
Example: They seem to be cut out for each other.


Be cut up

Meaning: Be upset
Example: The trees will be cut up and used to make compost.


Be down

Meaning: Be depressed
Example: The price of food should be down next month.


Be down to

Meaning: Be reduced or less
Example: I should soon be down to my target weight of 70 kilos.


Be down on

Meaning: Have negative feelings toward someone
Example: They were about to be down on her when she came into the office.


Be down with

Meaning: Be ill
Example: I think you are down with the flu.


Be fed up

Meaning: Be bored, upset or sick of something
Example: People are fed up with all these traffic jams.


Be in

Meaning: Be at home or at work
Example: The application form must be in by 3 pm on Friday.


Be in on

Meaning: Be a party to a secret shared by a small group of people
Example: He smiled a little to himself, as he was in on the plan.


Be into

Meaning: Like
Example: These plants may be into flower by Christmas.


Be not on

Meaning: Be unacceptable
Example: The way he’s behaving is just not on.


Be off

Meaning: Leave to go somewhere
Example: I will not be off duty until 5 p.m.


Be on

Meaning: Be functioning (of machines)
Example: Be on your guard against pickpockets.


Be on about

Meaning: Talk about; mean, intend
Example: I had no idea what on earth you were on about when you started using those scientific terms. I was totally confused.


Be on to

Meaning: Figure out; to realize the truth
Example: I was planning it as a surprise, but I think he is on to me.


Be out

Meaning: Be absent from a place
Example: The violin and the piano seem to be out of tune.


Be out of

Meaning: Have no more left
Example: Politicians seem to be out of touch with the real world.


Be out to

Meaning: Attempt
Example: The British will be out to see how they stack up to the competition.


Be snowed under

Meaning: Have too much work
Example: We’re completely snowed under at work because it’s the end of the tax year.


Be taken aback

Meaning: Be shocked or surprised
Example: I was taken aback when we weren’t receiving our bonuses this year.


Be taken with

Meaning: Like something or someone very much
Example: I could tell he was quite taken with my daughter.


Be to do with

Meaning: Be connected with
Example: He said the meeting is to do with a complaint.


Be up

Meaning: Be out of bed
Example: The number can be up to eight digits long.


Be up for

Meaning: Be enthusiastic about an upcoming event
Example: Regional and runners-up prizes will also be up for grabs.


Be up to

Meaning: Be good enough
Example: The number can be up to eight digits long.


Be with

Meaning: Agree with someone
Example: I’m sorry; I’m not with you on this point.




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